The Suzuki Kizashi is the brand’s first model for the executive saloon market.
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Mpg (comb cycle)...34 mpg
Loaned by Hale Common Suzuki
KIZASHI is Japanese for "something great is coming". It is also the name of Suzuki’s first-ever model for the executive saloon market.
A cold weekend proved to be an interesting opportunity to gauge the greatness of this new car.
One of the multitude of sophisticated features is automatic four-wheel drive. Playing mum’s taxi before dawn in winter, when there was ice on the roads, I was grateful for the Kizashi’s grippy road-holding.
With more than enough gizmos and gadgets, frills and furbelows, to keep driver and passengers entertained throughout the weekend, this handsome machine was a road tester’s dream.
That’s not to mention the delights of cruising in comfort, enjoying the purring 2.4-litre engine and velvety automatic transmission. Continuously variable transmission gave smooth, responsive acceleration.
The Kizashi boasts many features one would only expect with a heftier price-tag: black leather upholstery, heated seats and sumptuous in-car entertainment, to name a few.
It is very spacious for driver and passengers. A pair of six-foot-plus friends had no complaints about legroom in the back.
The styling is sleek and elegant. One of the most eye-catching exterior feature was the sculpted alloys, which add a new dimension to the expression "nice wheels".
Stunning looks, a powerful engine and loads of features add up to a very polished package. And at £21,995, the Kizashi is exceptionally good value.